ATLANTA (Reuters) - It will be weeks before it is known if injured supermodel Niki Taylor will fully recover from severe liver and abdominal injuries she suffered in an Atlanta car crash, her doctor said on Wednesday.
Taylor, 26, was in critical condition at Grady Memorial Hospital in Atlanta, where she has been in intensive care since the crash early on Sunday.
Appearing on ABC's 'Good Morning America,' Dr. Jeffrey Nichols said Taylor had lost a lot of blood and her injuries 'were life-threatening and remain that way.'
Taylor was heavily sedated. She opened her eyes, nodded and squeezed relatives' hands but was unable to speak, her sister, Joelle Bolline, told the television show. Her parents, Barbara and Ken Taylor, were also at her bedside.
Taylor, one of the world's best-known models, was a passenger in a car that crashed into a pole as the driver reached down for his cell phone. The driver and another passenger were treated and released after the accident.
Taylor was wearing her seat belt and did not initially seem badly hurt but was later found to have severe injuries to her liver and abdomen, her agent Lou Taylor, who is not related to the model, said on Tuesday.
Taylor's modeling career took off when she was just 13. The tall, slender blonde grew up in the Fort Lauderdale area and has appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, including Vogue, Seventeen, Elle, Allure and Marie Claire.
She landed a contract with Cover Girl cosmetics when she was 17 and was the face of the Liz Claiborne clothing line from 1996 until spring 2000.
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